Barely a week after Sen. Levin introduced a resolution consenting to the Great Lakes compact, the U.S. Senate gave its unanimous approval. This is a tremendous demonstration of the broad support within the region (every Senator from the eight Great Lakes states sponsored the resolution) and the entire country for protecting the Great Lakes.
Prior to approval, the Senate’s resolution, S.J. Res. 45, was amended to include the same language as the pending House bill, H.R. 6577, specifying that “Congress expressly reserves the right to alter, amend, or repeal this resolution.” H.R. 6577 was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee this week, but as the House has now recessed for August, its approval of the Great Lakes compact will have to wait several weeks.